Amid declining membership, a shortage of ministers, temples shuttered by the pandemic and other woes, Jodo Shinshu temples in the West face enormous challenges. What’s in store for the future?
To answer that question, three bishops representing the U.S. mainland, Canada and Hawaii, discussed their thoughts in an online forum last week hosted by the Buddhist Churches of America‘s (BCA) Center for Buddhist Education. Continue reading “The Future of Jodo Shinshu in the West”
Here’s a presentation about how Honganji initially started as one temple that eventually split into two denominations, Higashi and Nishi, and how that split led to different interpretations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Continue reading “History and Thought of Higashi & Nishi Honganji”
Rev. Kodo Umezu recently retired as Nishi Hongwanji’s Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) bishop after serving eight years. We spoke to him via Zoom online earlier this month. Continue reading “Interview: Rev. Kodo Umezu”
An international conference for women and Jodo Shinshu attracted a huge crowd of attendees from various countries. Continue reading “Large Turnout for Buddhist Women’s Conference”